Mommy and Me Mon– *cough* Tuesday…Stick puppets!

Some Sir Bumble fun for Mommy & Me today! Sorry for the delay – I hope it’s worth the wait. 🙂 I thought I would add to the stick puppet collection (see here, here, and the DIY shoebox theater here) with a Sir Bumble who can flip from brave to running away, and a jointed dragon puppet. You’ll need three sticks for this one (I used thin bamboo kabob skewers I found at the dollar store), and 4 metal fasteners (smaller is better), and some tape or glue.

Instructions are printed on the sheets, but one little tip – you may want to print the dragons at 110% so you’ve got larger individual pieces to work with – easier to push the fasteners through. And use cardstock if you have it for a sturdier puppet.

Here’s what your finished dragon could look like. I was apparently inspired by rainbow sherbet today… 🙂

This week I watched a pretty intense movie about a natural disaster (based on a true story). And I saw and understood how bad things can suddenly come upon us. But the promise of the Lord is that He will never leave or forsake those who belong to Him. What a gift! Spend some time together memorizing this Psalm, planting it firmly in your heart for the time when trouble should sneak up on you. And rest in Him.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

Psalm 121

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Fun with Food Fridays: Singing Sparrow-loupe

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Earlier this week for Mommy & Me Monday I shared how you can make a simple plush version of the sparrow from Sir Bumble and Princess Pristina. A friend of mine saw the plush image in the post and for a moment thought it was a food post. So, as not to disappoint, here is the little guy crafted from edibles.

His beak and primary feathers are tangerine slices, his body and tail are cantaloupe, and I used cheddar for his eye patch and wing interior. His little feet are celery cross-sections, and his eye is of course a raisin. He flies through a sea of puffy mini marshmallows (which have gotten soft and sticky – perfect consistency!).

Not real sure how cantaloupe and cheddar will taste together…off to eat the fruits of my labor and find out! (Thankfully there are marshmallows for dessert, should this go ill with me 😉 )

Enjoy!!

 

Mommy & Me Monday Special: DIY hidden sparrow

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Simple Sparrow pattern

After a long break for holidays with family, Mommy & Me is back!

I hear often that the hidden sparrow search (and crown search) in Sir Bumble and Princess Pristina are a favorite feature of the books. So to continue the fun, here’s a simple sparrow you can make and hide for each other around the house! This is also a great opportunity to teach or practice sewing with an older child.

Click below to download the simple PDF pattern and instructions:

Sir Bumble sparrow pattern

And if sewing isn’t your thing, cut him out of firm construction paper and hide away!

While you’re crafting, talk about the comforting truth that Sir Bumble learned – the Holy Spirit is near to us even though we can’t see Him. Jesus promised to send His Spirit to comfort us, encourage us, give us spiritual gifts, and remind us of all Jesus taught. What a wonderful, Kingly gift!!

Verses you can read together

John 14:15-17 “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

Romans 8:26 “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Galatians 5: 16-17a, 22-23 “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

If you’d like to explore more of the what the Spirit does in our lives, go to a searchable Bible website like Biblegateway.com and do a search for Holy Spirit. And be sure to pray and ask God to help you understand these things – the Holy Spirit is here to help!

 

 

Mommy & Me Monday: Poinsettia cards

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It’s Mommy & Me Monday again! This week enjoy coloring a set of Poinsettia cards together! These could be fun to attach to gifts or send to friends & relatives who would enjoy the personal touch of a hand-colored card. I recommend printing on cardstock or a heavier paper, but nothing too glossy or it will be harder to color on. 🙂

Instructions: When you click on the image above, be sure to then click on the link that says “See full size image” -or a similarly worded link – before printing. (The image you see above is actually a low resolution one and will print very small or grainy.) Cut the sheet in half along the dotted line. Then fold each piece in half at the center so one side has the poinsettia and side has the Bible verse. I envisioned the poinsettia to be on the front of the card and the verse on the back, but of course follow your creative and God-led inspirations 🙂

As you color, you can talk about the legend of the poinsettia and what gifts we can give to God this year. The poinsettia’s story originates in Mexico where two poor children longed for a nice gift to leave by the baby Jesus’ manger. The story goes that as they walked to church one evening, an angel appeared to them and instructed them to pick the green weeds that were growing beside the road and place them beside the manger in the church’s nativity. The children did as they were told. After placing the weeds, the plants bloomed into these beautiful star-shaped crimson flowers before their eyes. A beautiful gift worthy of a king.

While this story is a legend, it reminds me of many stories in the Bible where God asked people to do strange things that might have gotten them embarrassed or in trouble. Yet those who obeyed saw miracles!

Jesus told the servants at the wedding in Cana to bring water to the host who had run out of wine. But before the host drank it, Jesus had turned it into wine.

Noah was asked to build an ark when a terrible rainfall like what God was predicting was unheard of then or ever since. But he built it, and the flood came.

Jesus told the lepers to go show themselves to the priest, and only as they went on their way in obedience was the leprosy cured.

Joseph was told to take Mary as his wife, even though she was already pregnant. This would have been very embarrassing to him in that day, but he believed that the baby really was from God and obeyed. And he became the earthly father of our God and Savior!

Hebrews 11 is full of more stories of those who had great faith. And we even now join them as we await Jesus’ return. We follow Him faithfully even though it has been 2000 years since He first arrived, and many people think its silly to believe that He is alive and will return, or that He was God in the first place. But we hold on to our faith that what God has said will come to pass. We continue to worship Him with our whole lives, knowing that one day our Savior will return to destroy evil once and for all. His glory truly will “shine over all the earth.” And we will join Him forever!

 

Fun with Food Fridays: Pancake crowns!

Our pancake creations theme continues! This week let your kids decorate a crown with fruit and berries and whipped cream! If you’re new to making shaped pancakes, I suggest using a thicker recipe like the one I used – the Pioneer Woman’s perfect pancakes. (Oh so delicious) recipe here.

Pour a thick strip of batter and then, using the back of a spoon or  the flat of a butter knife, drag the batter up into points. Flip pancake as usual. Consume rejects. 😉

For decorating, I provided blueberries, strawberries cut into diamond shapes, honeydew and banana cut into tiny diamond shapes, and slivers of strawberry. But imagination is the limit! Give them anything and everything edible to decorate with and let the imaginations soar.

Enjoy!

Mommy & Me Monday: Colossians 1:17

Welcome to Mommy & Me Mondays. Take a few minutes to color with a little one in your life (or not-so-little one, or your inner-little one!) and reflect together on this week’s verse!

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on the earth, visible and invisible…all things have been created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17

Things don’t always go the way we want or plan in our lives. From not getting the toy we wanted for our birthday, to not getting the job or house we were so hoping for, and everything in between. Sad things happen to us all and it can even feel like everything is terrible, awful, and very bad. But here is our great comfort: Jesus is Lord of everything. He made it all and holds it all together. And He is GOOD. He sees our hurt, and when we are confused or frustrated. Tell Him all about how you are feeling – He is listening! Then choose to trust Him to bring about good and perfect things in your life and in the world. The One who made the sunsets and starry skies and keeps everything moving along is watching over each of His children personally and carefully.

“Take heart, for you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

Fun with Food Friday: Griddle dragons

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Rawr?

Please don’t eat me!

Last time we layered our way to a smaller dragon. This time we go for the close up! You can have fun with the eyebrows to make different expressions too. If you hold off on the syrup a bit and let your kids play with those eyebrows too you’ll probably earn your “fun mom” merit badge. 😀 Ooo – make him a mustache piece! Or a hat! It’s like Mr. Potato head for your pancake breakfast. If you try it, share photos!!

This guy is all about the layers. None of the shapes are particularly tough to make in themselves. The trick is to use a thicker pancake batter ( I used the Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pancakes recipe) and start with a standard circle or oval and then push or pull the batter with the bottom of a spoon to get a spike or a tip or a corner. Just start with your spoon closer to the center of the oval and lightly drag it out in the direction you want the spike or go or the corner to come out of the circle. Make lots of batter and make lots of mistakes and then (too bad) you have to eat the rejects! 😉 And you’ll get the hang of it!

Here’s how to piece this guy together step by step!

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Tangerine slices for the horns add a splash of color. I formed the crown of the head by making a crown – this is the trickiest piece. If you feel better about making a squarish piece and then using a knife to cut out the horns on top, go for it. I assure you your kids won’t care how it is done! 🙂
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Think of this next piece as a reject Mickey Mouse head. It’s a bigger circle in the middle and the two smaller ears poured so close to the first circle that they meld into it.
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Banana slices and raisins for the eyes…
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This new piece is the jaw, with a strawberry for a tongue. You don’t need the nobs at the top of the jaw piece – this is actually a piece I originally intended to be the top of the snout but didn’t like the size in the end so I demoted it to the bottom jaw. A simple oval with a tip on the bottom will do the trick!
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Tear drop piece forms the bridge of the nose. Notice the peanut butter – edible glue. And adds a bit of protein to the meal 🙂
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Two skinny ovals for the eyebrows! Have fun with the expressions.

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Enjoy!

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Mommy & Me Monday: Song of Solomon 2:10

Mommy & Me Monday is back! Spend some time coloring Princess Pristina with a little one in your life and talking about God’s love together.

PLEASE NOTE: I’ve heard of some problems with these coloring pages printing grainy or pixellated. To avoid this:
1) Click on the image you want to print
2) When the image pops up with the black background around it, look to the bottom right of the picture for a link that says “view image full size”.
3) Click on that link
4) When the full size image pops up, click on that one to save/print.

Please let me know if you still have trouble with them!

I think if we only understood how passionately God loves us, we wouldn’t find faith so difficult. He is not far away, not passively observing the lives of His children. No, He is so very close to each of us, and so passionately eager to be close to us. It is a mystery, to be loved like that. And because it is a mystery it’s easy to just not think about it – but we must! Read His words, His love letter to us in the Bible. Dwell on them. Pray and ask the Spirit to give you a greater understanding of the depth of His love. I used to feel like God just tolerated me because of Jesus’ sacrifice. But no, no no – He LOVES me, and all the joy and longing that implies. When you read the Scripture you feel it there in the words. Who else but a lover would go to the cross for His beloved? How else could God compare Jesus and the church to a bride and groom? Think of the person in your life who has loved you most and best. And consider how at times they have hurt you, even accidentally. Now consider that God loves you even BETTER than that person. Never failing or suppressing His love. If you are His, you are His beloved!

And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17b-19

Praise God!

Fun with Food Friday: Griddle dragon

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I remember some years back a friend shared this blog with me and my mind was blown – using multiple pancakes in layers to create depth and three dimensional shapes. So brilliant! I owe the next couple of posts to the inspiration of Mr. Goudeau, master pancake maker.

I also owe these pancakes to one Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman extraordinaire, and her delicious and just-thick-enough pancake batter recipe. Too runny and there’s no control over the shapes on the griddle. But this one was just thick enough to bend to my creative whims. AND yeah, it tasted great too. 🙂

Happy weekend!